How to Whitewash Wood for Rustic Finish/Vintage Effect

Whitewashing is a great method for creating a rustic or vintage look on a wooden surface. This technique of reviving or restoring an old piece of furniture is appreciated by most of the woodworkers as it gives an alluring finish to the wood. When we talk about whitewashing there are several different methods but, here we have come up with the simplest and the most effective way of “ how to whitewash a wooden surface” take a look!!

Here's what you will need:-

  • Gloves
  • Drop Cloth (Lint Free Rags)
  • Stir Stick
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Unfinished Wood board of 1 x 8 square feet
  • Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain – Vintage Aqua Color
  • Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain - Antique White Color
  • Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane

Before you start your project, take care of the followings:

  • Whether you are using spray or paint brush to coat your object, it is always recommended to do this process in a well-ventilated area.
  • Place a drop cloth on your working area to protect the surroundings from possible overspray.
  • Remove stickers, unwanted nails, and ensure the wood is clean.
  • Use a cleaning solution, if necessary.

Step 1: Stain Your Wood:

The first step for whitewashing a wooden surface is staining. It offers both aesthetic and functional benefits. For better result, take care of the followings;

  • Always starts applying stain from an inconspicuous area so that you can ensure the desired color.
  • Afterwards, apply a single coat of Varathane Vintage Aqua Wood Stain by using clean lint free rag.
  • Once applied, leave the surface for 5 to 10 minutes so that stain can penetrate into the surface.
  • Let it dry thoroughly.

Step 2: Sand Your Wooden Surface:

Sanding is used to remove scratches, dents and rough edges that could cause splinters. Also, it opens the pores of the wood and allows the sealer to adhere and penetrate into the surface completely. For better result, start sanding with 100 grit sandpaper and continue work using up to 180 or 220 grit sandpaper. After sanding, use a dry cloth or tack rag to remove the dust from your wooden article.

Step 3: Whitewash Your Wooden Surface:

Once done with the sanding process, it’s time to whitewash. For this, you need to apply Varathane Antique White Wood Stain with a fresh lint-free rag. The process of applying this white wood stain is similar to that of the staining.

Step 4: Apply Polyurethane:

The purpose of using polyurethane is to protect the wooden surface against wear and tear. Varathane Water-based Polyurethane is a crystal clear innovative coating which makes wooden surface scratch and stain-proof. Also, it dries to touch fast and this quality makes it more convenient to use.

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